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The Cardinal Annual Fund

The Cardinal Annual Fund is designed to offset annual operating expenses. Gifts to the Cardinal Annual Fund support our school’s resources and programs such as academics, athletics, technology, faculty salaries, classroom supplies and equipment, financial aid, and building upkeep. With tuition accounting for 85% of the school’s operating revenue, we need to bridge the gap between the cost of educating each child and the expenses not covered by tuition. The Cardinal Annual Fund is crucial to the school’s operation and helps us continue the highest educational standards for our students.

We appreciate your support of the Cardinal Annual Fund. Gifts and pledges made online are acknowledged with a confirmation message online and with an acknowledgement letter from our Development office. Gifts and pledges made by mail, or in person, are acknowledged with a letter from our Development office. Whether it further enhances our classroom resources, technology or academic programs, every gift made to the school makes a difference in the lives of our students and faculty. 


Leadership Societies    
Legacy Society Gifts of $10,000 and above  
Founders' Society $7,000 - $9,999  
Trustees' Society $4,500 - $6,999  
Directors' Society $3,000 - $4,499  
1971 Society $1,500 - $2,999  
Donors contributing $1,500 or more each year to the Cardinal Annual Fund are recognized as members of the James River Society.
Gift Clubs    
Cardinal Club $900 - $1,499  
River Club $450 - $899  
Red & White Club $150 - $449  
Friends Gifts up to $149  


If you have questions about making a gift, need assistance with making a matching gift, or would like to make a gift of securities, please contact Michelle Davis, Director of Development, for assistance at davis_m@jamesriverdayschool.org or 434-384-7385.

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Every gift received by James River Day School supports our strong and innovative learning community. If you have questions about making a gift, please contact Michelle Davis, Director of Development, at (434) 384-7385.


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Why should I contribute to the Cardinal Annual Fund?
The Cardinal Annual Fund provides essential support to our school allowing us to maintain academic excellence, encourage diversity of families in our school, and make the school accessible to a greater number of mission-appropriate students. A gift to the Cardinal Annual Fund allows us to attract and retain exceptional faculty and staff and to provide an unparalleled academic experience for our students.
Most importantly, a gift, at any level, means that you believe in our mission, care about our students, and value the education provided by James River Day School.
Doesn’t tuition cover the costs of operating the school?
While tuition revenue provides the bulk of operating revenue, donations to the Cardinal Annual Fund comprise approximately 8% of James River’s operating budget and help bridge the approximately $1,500 gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating each student. 
In a way, every student at James River Day School receives financial support through the generosity of parents, grandparents, alumni, faculty and staff, members of our Board of Trustees, and friends of the Cardinal Annual Fund.
In what ways has the Cardinal Annual Fund provided support in the past?
  • Professional development for faculty and staff
  • New Chromebooks for lower school students
  • Building and grounds maintenance
  • Library books and art supplies
  • New band and orchestra equipment
  • Fitness equipment for PE
In what ways will the Cardinal Annual Fund provide support this year?
The Cardinal Annual Fund will continue to provide unrestricted support to the overall operating budget. This contributed support will be even more important and necessary this year as James River has absorbed many additional expenses enabling us to reopen -- safely and on time. Some of these expenses are:
  • Newly hired faculty and staff to help ease the workload of classroom teachers.
  • Professional cleaning staff who are on-site during the school day to ensure prompt cleaning and sanitizing.
  • Outdoor enhancements such as picnic tables and tents allowing students more fresh air and outside play throughout the day.
Is there a recommended donation amount?
We do not make a recommended donation amount, but we do actively encourage all families to contribute to the Cardinal Annual Fund. Parent participation in a school’s annual fund is a strong indicator of happiness and satisfaction with the education their child is receiving. We anticipate that parents will make James River Day School one of their philanthropic priorities while their children are students here. All donations are valued and appreciated and greatly enhance the ability of the school to fulfill its mission.